Grade 4 
Big Ideas: Students develop their French through Accelerative Integrated Methodology (AIM), which uses gestures, storytelling, song and roleplaying to learn the meaning of high-frequency words in context. In grade 4, students study the stories "Trois Petits Cochons" and "Comment y Aller," which incorporate speaking, reading, writing and listening, with each story building on the skills and vocabulary learned in previous levels.

As well as using AIM in the classroom, students learn to retell a story verbally and in writing, count to 100, describe clothing, and express ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.) Students continue to learn a variety of verbs and become familiar with some verb conjugations.

Grade 5 
Big Ideas: The grade 5 curriculum continues to use AIM to learn and review vocabulary associated with the stories “Les Animaux du Bayou” and “Louis La Grenouille.” Through the use of story, students ask and answer simple questions and describe familiar features. Students learn to take risks and challenge their oral and written skills, in the context of the story, in a supportive environment, and are encouraged to interact with their teacher and peers in French whenever possible.

Grade 6 
Big Ideas: Students continue to further their French comprehension using the AIM stories “Veux-Tu Aller au Carnaval?” and “Un Frère Pénible.” They develop a keen awareness of Canadian francophone culture and learn to describe common elements of cultural festivities and celebrations. Students are encouraged to demonstrate and communicate their learning in a variety of ways using technology and tools such as Apple iMovie project, pictures, posters, props and other digital media. 

Grade 7 
Big Ideas: In French 7, students study increasingly complex stories, such as "Le Chandail de Hockey" and "L’arbre Ungali," to build capacity in French in all five competency areas: speaking, interacting, reading, writing and listening. By focusing on strategies, such as using cognates and context clues, students learn to derive meaning from new language situations, and work toward mastery of basic skills and automaticity to communicate effectively. In addition, students learn about Francophone and Métis communities in Canada and around the globe. Students have the option to write the DELF language exam at Alliance Francaise. 

West Point Grey Academy

4125 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V6R 4P9
Tel: 604-222-8750  

Since 1996, West Point Grey Academy has gratefully resided on the Jericho Lands, the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Honoured to learn and play on these beautiful lands, we endeavour to be a leader in Indigenous education. In creating shared understanding and opportunities, we hope to help foster a more equitable society for all.